What if it’s raining, will the Meerwald Sail?
In most cases yes. If it is simply rain the boat will sail. We suggest you bring rain gear as there is no shelter from the elements on board. The ship will sail in rain, drizzle and cold. However, if it is thundering and lightening or if there are high winds the ship will not sail.
Who decides if the weather is too bad to sail?
The decision to sail or not is at the sole and absolute discretion of the Captain.
If my sail has been canceled how and when will I be notified?
If a sail is canceled, you will be called, please ensure the phone number you provided at the time you purchased your tickets is accurate. As much notice as possible will be given of a sail cancellation however weather conditions can change drastically in just a few minutes which is the nature of maritime industry. In most cases the Captain will make the decision to cancel a sail an hour before the sail is schedule to depart. Again, in most cases the boat sails rain or shine.
Will my ticket be refunded if the sail is canceled?
If a sail is canceled by the Captain, you will provide with an opportunity to reschedule your sail during the current sailing season. If this is not possible then your ticket will be refunded.
I am scheduled to sail on the Meerwald but I am no longer able to make it, will my ticket be refunded?
All efforts will be made to schedule you on another sail at your convenience during the current sailing season however tickets are not refundable unless the sail is canceled by the Captain.
What should I bring with me on my sail?
It is always cooler on the water than the land so we suggest you dress in layers. Feel free to bring sun screen, bug repellent and beverages. The boat is “carry on carry off” meaning whatever you bring aboard the ship should be brought off with you.
Are there bathrooms on board?
While there is a small crew bathroom (“head”) on board the ship it is not easily accessible. It is highly recommended that you us the facilities prior to coming aboard the ship.
Is the ship handicap accessible?
No. The ship is over 90 years old and is not handicap accessible however the crew is eager to have all people experience sailing on the Meerwald and will work the best they can to make reasonable accommodations. Please contact the office at least 48 hours ahead of the desired sail to discuss possible arrangements – 856 785-2060.
How can I buy tickets?
The best and most convenient way to purchase tickets is to go to our website njsails.org. You can also call us at 856 785-2060. Tickets can also be purchase on board the ship but please be advised that sails may be sold out so advanced ticketing is recommended.
How rocky is the sail?
The Meerwald is a stable ship and most people are reasonably comfortable on board. However, persons who are unsteady on their feet might not feel comfortable sailing on the boat.
Is there seating?
No. The Meerwald is a restored 1928 Oyster Schooner. While there are places to sit while on board and the accommodations are comfortable there are no seats. Passengers are seated along the deck. During the sail you may be asked to move from one side of the ship to the other as the sails are adjusted.
Can I bring alcohol?
You may bring beer and wine on board the ship, no hard alcohol. You must drink responsibly. Again, the ship is “carry on and carry off” so you will be expected to take your empty bottles and cans with you. No alcoholic beverages are permitted on children’s sails or wine/beer cruses.
What time should I arrive for my sail?
You should be prepared to board the ship 45 minutes prior to the schedule departure time. The ship departs as scheduled and on time. Parking varies from port to port, please plan accordingly.
Who needs a ticket?
All persons sailing on the boat need a ticket, even children being carried on board.
If I have questions regarding my sail to whom should I address them?
If you have specific questions regarding your sail you should call our offices during normal business hours (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm).